Academic Programmes

The School offers the following programmes:


  1. Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Production Engineering Option)
  2. Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Automotive Engineering Option)
  3. Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Power and Electronics Option)
  4. Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications Engineering Option)
  5. Diploma in Fashion Design and Textile Technology
  6. Certificate in Fashion Design and Garment making

School of External Studies and Continuing Education (SESCE)


A Globally Competitive Centre of Excellence in Capacity Building, Research, Innovation and Service in Elections, Democracy, Governance, Leadership Integrity, Social Justice and Human Rights


To provide Quality Education and Capacities through Teaching and Training, Research and Innovation, Outreach Activities, Advocacy and Lobbying, Public Interests and Amicus Curiae Litigation and Judicial Review.


    Professionalism and Integrity,
    Commitment and Teamwork
    Accountability and Transparency
    Equality, Justice and Participation
    Freedom of Thought and Innovation
    Respect and Conservation of Environment
    Tolerance and inclusivity, (unity in diversity)


The School of External Studies and Continuing Education (SESCE) was established in June 2011 as one of the independent schools of the South Eastern University College (SEKU). SESCE is based at the main campus of SEKU, at Kwa Vonza in Kitui County and will have a branch in Nairobi from January 2012 from where most of its short courses will be run and managed. SESCE initially focuses on running and managing independent short courses for itself and SEKU’s other schools.

The main activities of SESCE are research – both theoretical and empirical. Applied research will focus on informing public and influencing policy, law, institutional and systems reform. SESCE plans to establish a big research centre and facility to enable scholars and practitioners to utilise as visiting scholars and fellows – to conduct their individual research, which may be published by SESCE or by SEKU.

SESCE will teach and train fresh students and professionals on-job and on continuing education. These will include degree, diploma and short certificate courses. SESCE plans to seek approval to establish itself as a learning school/professional institution; able to require professionals in democracy (elections), governance and leadership integrity; to get annual credit points for continuing education in addition to annual certification, like other professional bodies. Applied and other research will also be disseminated through workshops and training programmes, which inform, educate and empower key stakeholders and citizens.

Capacity building and empowerment of political, community and civic leaders; strategic planning processes, political branding and profiling, etc.

SESCE is also planning outreach activities such as civic and voter education, seminars, conferences, consultative initiatives for itself and at the initiative of other government, private sector, community, civil society, political parties, parastatals and other non-state actors.

SESCE’s other activities include advocacy and lobbying work and where necessary public interests and amicus curiae litigation. Advocacy work will involve engaging government at all levels on public discourse and citizens participation in decisions and policy making; advocacy campaigns on issues of governance (national and county governments, assemblies and other relevant governance institutions) democracy, human rights, social justice, policy making, legal and institutional reforms, accountability, budgeting, resources allocation and utilisation. Other areas of advocacy and lobbying will include publication of journals/bulletins for opinion leadership, coordination of work, information/experience sharing and for solidarity purposes.

With the promulgation of Kenya’s new constitution (on 27 August 2010), a number of human rights issues and matters of interpretation will arise; SESCE will play the twin roles of amicus curiae and public interests litigation. In cases that relate generally to its areas of engagement, SESCE will appear as amicus curiae; while in other cases SESCE may be asked by the community, institutions, citizens and stakeholders, to lodge public interests cases – for example, on violation of rights, inadequate compensation for land acquired for mining purposes or sharing of national resources/opportunities, failure by county governments to deliver services to its consumers, resolution of disputes arising from exploitation, sharing and utilisation of mineral, water and natural resources within the county, copyright, patents and intellectual property, etc. SESCE will also seek judicial review and interpretation of the constitution or legislation.

SESCE plans to play a key role in the establishment of the SEKU School of Law that will focus itself on community empowerment and development, also specialising in emerging leadership, governance, integrity, justice, exploitation, sharing and utilisation of natural resources and management of county affairs, etc.

This will be in addition to the traditional legal instruction; but more dynamic and people centred; oriented to realise such goals as the Vision 2030 and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); – it will be oriented to inform (educate), engage (people-centred) and deliver (results-based/focused).

The curriculum for SESCE will be broadly based on;

a). The Constitution of Kenya, 2010 (and related laws) as far as governance: sharing, management, utilisation, and accounting of public offices and resources; human rights; justice; gender issues;

b). Elections and Democracy – based upon the BRIDGE Curriculum and methodology – aimed at continuing education of professionals in elections, democracy and governance. BRIDGE means Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections,

c). University law and applied research curriculum.

Ms.Koki Muli is the Director of School of External Studies and Continuing Education(SESCE). She is a constitutional and elections expert. She studied in University of Nairobi, Kenya School of Law, University of London. She has also attended Oxford University, UK and Columbia University, SIPA in New York. She is an advocate and certified public secretary of Kenya.



School of External Studies and Continuing Education,

South Eastern Kenya University(SEKU)

P.O.BOX 170-90200,


Telephone: Land Line : +254-20-2413859, Cell Phone : +254-716962770, +254-736116989

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School of Humanities and Social Sciences

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences formally the school of Liberal Arts and Sciences admitted its first lot of five (5) students in B.A. Social Work program in May 2010. The number of students in the school is expected to grow to over two hundred (200) by August 2015. At the end of March 2015 the school had eleven members of teaching staff.
The vision of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences reads: "To be a leading unit within the University that promotes academic achievement and excellence in teaching, training, research and consultancy in the Humanities and Social Sciences".  Pursuant to this vision, the school constantly monitors developments in its environment and in the world at large.  This provides it with societal trends and changes both at home and abroad.  The awareness gained enables the school to respond to trends and changes by introducing new academic programmes or modifying existing ones to meet the current demand. The School is currently working on three MA programs: MA Gender and Development Studies; MA Kiswahili; and MA Sociology. The School is also working on a consultancy unit that will give the School an entry point and engagement platform with nongovernmental organisations, government agencies, other organisations and any other interested parties who would want to engage the school in research, consultancy and training services.

Currently the school has three established departments:
•    Department of Gender and Development Studies.
•    Department of Linguistics and Communication
•    Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Academic Programs
The academic programs of the school are designed, as far as possible, to integrate discipline-specific and general education courses. The discipline specific courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for proficiency in their chosen fields of study or programs. The general education courses, on the other hand, set the foundation of higher education curriculum and provide a coherent intellectual and social experience for all students regardless of their programs of study. We have also established mentorship programs to benefit both students and staff.

The school has intensified collaboration with other schools and partners both nationally and internationally so as to equip students and faculty with relevant knowledge and skills to enable them to better work toward achieving the university college vision of excellence in teaching, research, innovation, entrepreneurship, and service. The school puts emphases on equipping faculty and students in fields such as IT, statistics, entrepreneurship, program management, and social and community service through multidisciplinary and collaborative teaching, research, and training.

With the ISO 9001:2008 Certification the school has adopted appropriate standards for achieving and maintaining high quality in its teaching, learning and research programs. These standards are enforced through appropriate documentation and review processes.
As a SEKU student in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences students are taught by, and have access to, inspirational academics who are actively involved in a diverse range of research. We offer courses that are intellectually stimulating. We believe that research feeds directly into our teaching, therefore students share in the knowledge of our academics, and become confident, independent learners and unlock their full potential. The field work component for both BA Social Work and BA Gender and Development Students, gives the students the opportunity to take part in the research process thus experiencing how knowledge is created.

Study and careers support
We offer a range of services to help students develop skills for their future, and to help them find work both during and after their course. On their filed practicum students are assigned individual lecturers who encourage them as they develop both academically and personally, enabling them to make the most of their time in SEKU.
A degree from the School of Humanities means more
Our students are taught by highly respected academics who are experts in their fields. Students in School of Humanities have the opportunity to get a great degree from a well-respected university, and with our expertise in teaching and training students, it is expected that students will become independent, critical thinkers. Students grow as persons, acquiring skills that will continue to be of benefit long after they graduate. The experience in the school helps students prepare for their future and make the most of their time at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Joining our vibrant community
During their time at SEKU and in the School students meet new people and gain independence as they have access to the various students clubs and societies for personal and professional growth. Students will find a real sense of community among the vibrant student community.

For further information please contact:
Dean School of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Dr. Paul N. Mwangi, Ph.D.
P.O Box 170-90200, Kitui

School of Education


The School of Education is one of the schools in South Eastern Kenya University(SEKU). It admitted its first batch of Self-sponsored Bachelor of Education (Arts) students in May, 2011 both in Main and Kitui Campuses. The first intake of B.Ed (Arts) School-Based students commenced their studies on 8th August, 2011 in Kitui, Machakos and Emali Campuses. The B.Ed (Science) School-Based programme will be launched in the Main Campus soon.


The School of Education comprises of four departments,namely:

    Educational Administration and Planning
    Educational Communication and Technology
    Educational Foundations
    Educational Psychology

School Vision

A School for the transformation of society through quality teacher education

School Mission

To train, research and disseminate knowledge on educational practices for national and regional development.


The School of Education is committed to quality in the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the field of Education to the fullest satisfaction of society’s high-level manpower requirements for the achievement of national goals of development and Vision 2030 through production of highly qualified human resource.


The School strives to:

    Offer quality and innovative teacher education programmes
    Ground student-teachers in professional school practice
    Undertake research in the area of education aiming at offering practical solutions to problems
    Produce highly qualified manpower for national development
    Engage in consultancy and other services to support and develop the quality of educational systems and related fields of policy and practice


The School offers the following programmes:

1. Bachelor of Education (B.Ed – Arts) and

2. Bachelor of Education (B.Ed – Science)


Requirements: KCSE mean grade of C+ with C+ in any two subjects taught in secondary school, or KACE ( 2 principal passes or its equivalent); or Professional qualifications such as Dip. Early Childhood Education, Teachers Certificate (S1), or P1 Certificate and three years teaching experience with KCSE mean grade of C (Plain).

Duration: Eight semesters.

Venue: Main Campus, Kitui and Machakos Campuses.

Mode: Full-time, school-based and Evening and weekends

Note: B.Ed (Science) is available in full-time and school-based mode only in the Main campus.

Upcoming Programmes

1. Diploma in Early Childhood Education


Requirements: KCSE mean grade of C (Plain) or its equivalent; KCE with a minimum of Division III; P1 certificate with C (minus).

2. Bachelor of Education (B.Ed – Early Childhood Education)


Requirements: KCSE mean grade of C+, or KACE (2 principal passes or its equivalent); or Professional qualifications such as Dip. Early Childhood Education, Teachers Certificate (S1), or P1 Certificate and three years teaching experience with KCSE mean grade of C (Plain).

3. Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)

Admission Requirements: Bachelors degree of at least a pass with two subjects taught in secondary school.

Duration: One academic year

Venue: Main, Kitui, Machakos, Nairobi CBD campus, Wote Town Campus and Mwingi Campuses.

Mode: Full-time and school-based

4. Masters Programmes

· Educational Administration

· Curriculum Studies

· Economics of Education

· Educational Planning

· Sociology of Education

· Philosophy of Education

· History of Education

· Comparative and Contemporary Education


Requirements: Second Class Honours (Upper Division) or its equivalent in the related area/subject or Second Class Honours (Lower Division) with two years of working experience.

Duration: Two academic years

Venue: Main, Kitui and Machakos Campuses.

Mode: Full-time and school-based

Options: Course work and Thesis or Course work and Project

Members of Staff

The Faculty has the following highly qualified members of teaching staff:

i. Muola, James M.(PhD), Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology

ii. Migosi, Joash (PhD), Lecturer in Educational Administration and Planning

iii. Rugar, Thaddeus (PhD), Lecturer in Educational Administration and Planning.

iv. Maithya, Redempta (PhD), Lecturer in Educational Administration and Planning.

v. Several part-time lecturers.

For further information contact:

Dr. James M. Muola

Ag. Dean, School of Education,

South Eastern Kenya University(SEKU)

P.O. Box 170 – 90200, KITUI,

Tel. 0721228621 or 0734564443.

Telephone: +254-20-2413859 (KITUI) OR +254-20-2531395 (NAIROBI)


Water Resources Science & Technology


To be a school of excellence in high quality water resources training, research, outreach, technological development and consultancy for the advancement of human well-being.


To provide an academically stimulating environment that enhances training of highly qualified personnel for water resources development and management through provision of quality education, research, extension and consultancy services.

Objectives of the School

1.To train personnel in water resources sector by offering educational programmes in hydrology, limnology, marine sciences, fisheries and aquaculture at certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

2.To offer extension services and increase awareness on water resources development and management issues among professionals, government officials, local communities, institutions and other key stakeholders.

3.To provide a forum for effective collaboration between the public and the private sectors and other interested parties for development and management of water resources.

4.To offer consultancy services in the development and management of surface and groundwater resources, fisheries, aquaculture, limnology, and marine resources.

5.To conduct research in hydrology, limnology, marine sciences, fisheries and aquaculture and disseminate information and innovative technologies for sustainable water resources development and management.

Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Efficiency
  • Teamwork and Inclusiveness
  • Professionalism
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Sensitivity to Gender and Vulnerable Groups

Introduction on the School 

There is no doubt that water resources are important pillar of socio-economic development of any country in the world. In the arid and semi arid region that cover more than 80% of the total land area of the Republic of Kenya, water is an extremely important resource. It is on this basis that the South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) established a School of Water Resources Science and Technology (SWRST). The School is the only one in all public universities in Kenya that is solely dedicated to science of water resources. It is also the only School that has an academic department dedicated solely to hydrology and water resources. The school therefore is unique and has important role to play in building the capacity for sustainable water resources planning and management in Kenya. The vision of the school is to be a globally recognized centre of excellency in the science of water resources.

Currently, the School has four (4) separate academic programmes, namely

(i) B.Sc in Hydrology and Water Resources Management

(ii) B.Sc in Fisheries Management and Aquaculture Technology

(iii) B.Sc in Aquatic Sciences

(iv) M.Sc in Integrated Water Resources and Watershed Management.

Plans are underway to launch other equally competitive academic programmes at M.Sc and Ph.D levels.

The research opportunities in the arid and semi-arid lands 

The School is located in south eastern Kenya in Kitui County, about 160 km from the city of Nairobi. The area in which the school is located is surrounded by gentle hills that drains into the Mikuyuni and Mwita Syano Rivers- the two important tributaries of the famous Tiva river,which eventually drains into the Tana Basin. The location of the School in Kitui combined with the beauty of a typical semi-arid rural environment common to many parts of Kenya, provides an ideal environment for serious academic pursuit. The tropical semi-arid climate, diverse  landscapes and unique vegetation of South Eastern Kenya also provides a broad range of water related issues to study.

Many communities in the arid and semi-arid region of Kenya rely on both surface and ground water resources. Also, a significant segment of the population depends on surface water reservoirs (dams) for provision of water. This provides the staff in the school an opportunity of conducting research on how water resources in this region can be used on sustainable basis. Staff in the School therefore work jointly with our stakeholders and students on various water related research projects. Our students are introduced to various subjects that are important in water resources management such as hydrological processes, surface water and groundwater hydrology,  watershed erosion and reservoir sedimentation, climate change, water governance, water resources and fisheries management, aquaculture technologies, among other equally important subjects.

Since the rainfall in arid and semi arid regions of Kenya is characterised by high inter- and intra-annual variability which induces challenges in the management of water for various purposes, this is a major focus of our research in the School. The School in particular pays special attention to surface runoff harvesting and storage and its subsequent use for various socio-economic activities such as horticulture, irrigation and aquaculture development in arid and semi-arid lands. Other research programmes are focused on the river basin process, impacts of climate change on hydrological systems, fisheries and aquaculture technologies, among others. The location of the School in arid and semi arid environment that is already experiencing the impacts of climate change means that our researchers and students have an opportunity to carry out innovative research studies on the impacts of climate change on water resources, fisheries and aquatic systems. This also means that our students have a wide choice on topics for their undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

Programmes for students with diverse backgrounds

Most of our students undertaking MSc studies in Integrated Water Resources and Watershed Management are drawn from diverse fields such as earth sciences, geographical sciences, biological sciences, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences and engineering. Our programmes integrate both physical and social sciences, thus providing an all round training for students who are planning to pursue careers in water resources management, assessment and monitoring. All our students are

provided with an opportunity of undertaking a field-based project in their undergraduate programme. This exposes them at very early stage to various research approaches which enhances their problem solving and technical document drafting skills. We also attach our students to reputable institutions in the country where they learn new skills and experience real life working conditions. Our training approach also provides a good grounding for both Bachelors and Masters degree students planning to pursue further studies in hydrology and water resources, aquatic sciences, fisheries management and aquaculture technology, among others.

For further information, please contact the Dean of the School of Water Resources Science and Technology. Email:

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In order to achieve customer satisfaction and continual improvement of performance, the School of Water Resources Science and Technology is committed to be a Centre of Excellency in water resources training, research and technological development. In pursuit of this commitment, the School shall strive to achieve the following quality objectives:

1.Regularly improve the implementation of the curriculum of its undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes by planning one month before the start of every Semester.

2.Regularly review the implementation of research projects by holding project implementation meeting on monthly basis

3.Increase the number of publications in refereed international scientific journals.

4.Improve the integration of ICT in water resources research, teaching and learning.


The School is committed to providing the following services in a timely, efficient and effective manner.

NO. Service/Goods Requirements to obtain services/Goods Cost Time line
  Enquiries Specify the enquiry Free Immediate
  Student Admission Complete and submit the admission form Payment of specified fees 2 months
  Course Registration Complete and submit the registration forms Free 2 weeks
  Issuance of course outline Minimum of 25% registered student for a course Free Within the 1st two lectures
  Teaching Payment of full fees Specified fees As per timetable
  Examination results slip Sitting for the examinations at the end of Semester Free 3 months after examinations
  Examination Transcripts Completion of an Academic Year Free At the start of the next Academic Year
  Students and staff disciplinary cases Evidence Free Handle within 30 days
  Official working hours Weekdays  Free  8.00 am-5.00pm 
  Attendance of telephone calls A telephone call Free  In 30 seconds 
  Response to correspondence Receipt of correspondence Free 7 days on receipt
  Clearance of staff and students Completed Clearance Form Free Within 2 days
  Response to complaints, compliments and suggestions Receipt of complaint, compliment and suggestion Free 7 days on receipt

 “Commitment to Courtesy and Excellence in Service Delivery” Any service that does not conform to the above standards or any officer who does not live up to commitment to courtesy and excellence in Service Delivery should be reported to:




P.O. BOX 170-90200 KITUI, KENYA


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